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Concerti Curiosi / Uncommon Baroque

Audio Samples

>Paradies, Domenico : Concerto for keyboard & orchestra in B flat major
>Reichenauer, Antonin : Concerto for oboe, strings & basso continuo in B flat major
>Berlin, Johan Daniel : Sinfonia, for cornet & ensemble
>Pepusch, Johann Christoph : Concerto for 4 violins
>Hertel, Johann Wilhelm : Concerto for Trumpet no 3 in D major, Op. 7 no 6
>Croft, William : Sonata for 4 violins & continuo
>Baldassari, Pietro : Sonata for cornet & strings

Album Summary

>Paradies, Domenico : Concerto for keyboard & orchestra in B flat major
>Reichenauer, Antonin : Concerto for oboe, strings & basso continuo in B flat major
>Berlin, Johan Daniel : Sinfonia, for cornet & ensemble
>Pepusch, Johann Christoph : Concerto for 4 violins
>Hertel, Johann Wilhelm : Concerto for Trumpet no 3 in D major, Op. 7 no 6
>Croft, William : Sonata for 4 violins & continuo
>Baldassari, Pietro : Sonata for cornet & strings
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"This curious conglomeration of concertos is a celebration of contrasts." Thus begins Kah-Ming Ng's introduction to this collection of works from the 18th century. Although none of the composers featured may be familiar, each work has been picked for its fine technical skill and illuminating sound, taking inspiration from the 18th century definition of curious as being rare, excellent and fine. Includes works by Paradis, Reichenauer, Berlin, Pepusch, Hertel, Croft and Baldassari.

Charivari Agreable have established themselves as one of the UK's leading early music ensembles - in 2010 they collaborated with The King's Singers on an album of Pachelbel's Vespers, currently their best-selling album on Signum.

The Independent, 25th March 2011
The highlight is Pietro Domenico Paradies' aptly-titled "A Favourite Concerto", a delightful harpsichord piece that affords the ensemble's director Kah-Ming Ng full rein to display his keyboard prowess. Soloist Jamie Savan is similarly dazzling on the two cornett concerti.

Sunday Times, 3rd April 2011
Each of the seven works here - many by names unfamiliar even to those who frequently graze baroque fields - is beautifully crafted and ear-teasing.

The Observer, 3rd April 2011
As its name suggests, this is a real cabinet of curiosities - rarely heard but charming concerti by the smaller stars of the baroque firmament, played with energy and flair...Paradies' "A Favourite Concerto" provides a fine vehicle for director Kah-Ming Ng to impress at the harpsichord, but it is Jamie Savan's cool, straight tone on the cornett that stands out.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2011
No one could fault this ensemble for taste or stylishness. The recorded sound mixes bloom and transparency perfectly, and if Charivari prefer to emphasise the intimacy of their playing at the expense of sonic energy, that presumably is their choice...lovingly unearthed by this enterprising little orchestra [these works] do indeed provide much to interest the curious-at-heart.

International Record Review, July/August 2011
The solo violin part [in the Pepusch] is played with passion and drive by Persephone Gibbs. The Croft Sonata is more old-fashioned...The violinists of Charivari really excel in this small but beautifully crafted work...Another excellent soloist is the oboist Geoffrey Coates, whose warm, flexible tone has a lovely burnished quality in the very Vivaldian concerto by Reichenauer.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (08/11/2010-08/13/2010).



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Works Details

>Paradies, Domenico : Concerto for keyboard & orchestra in B flat major
  • Performers: Kah-Ming Ng (Organ); Kah-Ming Ng (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Running Time: 12 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Antonín Reichenauer (circa 1694 - 1730) : Concerto for oboe, strings & basso continuo in B flat major
  • Performer: Geoffrey Coates (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Running Time: 10 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Berlin, Johan Daniel : Sinfonia, for cornet & ensemble
  • Performer: Jamie Savan (Cornet)
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Running Time: 9 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral

>Pepusch, Johann Christoph : Concerto for 4 violins
  • Performer: Persephone Gibbs (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Running Time: 7 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Hertel, Johann Wilhelm : Concerto for Trumpet no 3 in D major, Op. 7 no 6
  • Performer: Simon Debruslais (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Running Time: 10 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Croft, William : Sonata for 4 violins & continuo
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Baldassari, Pietro : Sonata for cornet & strings
  • Performer: Jamie Savan (Cornet)
  • Conductor: Kah-Ming Ng
  • Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical